Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, interacted with an interactive map created by Citizens Advice that reveals the issues people are facing across Denton and Reddish constituency.
Gwynne was taken on a ward-by-ward virtual tour of his constituency and shown the problems people living in the area are getting help for at Citizens Advice.
The maps – called Constituency Dashboards – also revealed to Gwynne the spread of issues facing different types of people in Denton and Reddish, such as disabled people, younger constituents and minorities. The dashboards were presented to MPs at an event hosted by Citizens Advice in the House of Commons on Wednesday 21 February 2018.
What is Citizens Advice calling for?
- The Government should set out a clear vision in the Consumer Green Paper for how well-functioning markets can work for vulnerable people.
- The Government should ask the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate potential solutions to the loyalty penalty across markets.
- Regulators should monitor the size and breadth of the penalty – and set targets for providers to reduce it. Government should step in if regulators fail to act.
- Regulators should consider extending safeguard tariffs to protect vulnerable consumers. Following Ofgem’s prepayment meter price cap for energy consumers – and the extension of the cap in February 2018 – the Financial Conduct Authority and Ofcom should examine how best to protect the most vulnerable consumers in financial services and telecoms.
According to evidence from the charity, Citizens Advice helps to solve two in three people’s problems, reducing the number of people who turn to public services for support on welfare, health and housing issues.For every £1 invested in the Citizens Advice service government and public services save £2, amounting to £420 million last year.
Citizens Advice in Denton and Reddish provides free confidential and impartial advice to people across Tameside and Stockport face to face and over the telephone. A national website provides advice online, over email and via web chat at www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Citizens Advice in Denton and Reddish works on the frontline to help people with a huge variety of important issues, which means they are well-placed to identify the problems residents are facing.
“I’m always keen to find new and inventive ways of staying informed about the concerns of my constituents. These dashboards are illuminating and the data they contain provide strong evidence on which to act.
“Citizens Advice – with its army of volunteers – is tremendous at providing support for people living across Tameside and Stockport. I will continue to to work closely with them for the benefit of residents.”